Today, a new progressive government was sworn in to oversee Washington and Idaho’s northern neighbor of British Columbia, Canada’s third largest province. Led by John Horgan, it consists of eleven men and eleven women from the New Democratic Party (NDP), the more progressive of B.C.‘s two major political parties.
The NDP is returning to power after having spent a decade and a half as Her Majesty’s opposition. In the recent May 9th election, the NDP gained enough seats to deny the not-liberal BC Liberals a majority, but not quite enough to form their own majority. Consequently, the NDP negotiated a confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party, who won three seats in the same election.
The combined NDP-Green alliance controls a bare majority of forty-four seats in British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly, with the Liberals holding the remaining forty-three of eighty-seven seats. (Yes, it’s that tight.) The alliance held together when previous Premier Christy Clark decided to test the confidence of the house, prompting Clark to submit her resignation to Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, the viceregal representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Guichon accepted Clark’s resignation and asked NDP Leader John Horgan to form a minority government in the Queen’s name after Horgan assured her he had the confidence of the house to govern. And thus the transition of power began.
That transition ended today in a ceremony at Government House, where Horgan and his cabinet were sworn in by Guichon. The new cabinet is gender balanced (at least between the traditional male and female genders) and includes the first person to serve as minister from one of Canada’s First Nations.
- John Horgan, Premier
- Carole James, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier
- Adrian Dix, Minister of Health
- Rob Fleming, Minister of Education
- David Eby, Attorney General
- Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- Harry Bains, Minister of Labour
- George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
- Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
- Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture
- Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children & Family Development
- Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
- Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training
- Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
- Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
- Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Childcare
- Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services
- Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
- Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology
- George Chow, Minister of State for Trade
- Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
- Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
We at NPI extend our congratulations to Premier Horgan, Deputy Premier James, Attorney General Eby, and the rest of the new Executive Council of British Columbia. We look forward to seeing this government take action to improve B.C.‘s quality of life and work to end our continent’s reliance on fossil fuels as a source of energy.
Progressive change has come to British Columbia. A new government is in place that has pledged to address the people’s priorities and govern with integrity.
Best wishes to them as they embark upon their new, vital roles.
Except for Alaska, Washington State is now the only American or Canadian jurisdiction touching the waters of the Pacific Ocean that still has a Legislature with a right wing majority in any chamber. Voters in the 45th District have the power to change that this autumn by sending Democratic standard-bearer Manka Dhingra to Olympia to replace Republican Dino Rossi in the Washington State Senate.